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Police forces struggle with cuts

Five forces will struggle to cope with budget cuts beyond 2015 - a demand facing police in England and Wales from the Home Secretary.

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Five police forces would struggle with more cuts

An annual value of policing report has identified five police forces that would struggle to cope with further budget cuts.

The annual HMIC report identified five police forces that would struggle with further budget cuts. Credit: Press Association

The report, conducted by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC), said it was "deeply disappointed" with "missed opportunities" to drive major efficiencies in some forces.

It added others would struggle to accommodate future cutbacks - identifying forces in West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Bedfordshire as facing a battle to provide "high-quality service" to the public.

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